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Arts & Entertainment

Thursdays at the Library will present “Collecting Outsider Folk Art” Thursday, July 17, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library meeting room.

Cindy Solesbee, Brent Martin, Ruth Goodier and Debby Boots will have some of their collected works on display in the library through the month of July. On Thursday, July 17, they’ll share stories about the artists, and how they chose and collected works by southern artists. Enjoy some music, refreshments, art, and conversations.

Solesbee, who has collected hundreds of pieces for 20 years, will outline the background of the folk art movement and share some stories of the artists who created some provocative, political, religious and “outrageous” pieces.


The 11th Annual Franklin Folk Festival, “A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage” is being held on Saturday, July 19. Cosponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County (FHAMC) and the Franklin Main Street Program, this free festival has something for everyone.

For the mechanically minded, antique cars will be clustered together at the Car Show, and spread about town will be vintage farm equipment, fire engines and tractors.

Huge quilt and textile exhibits will be on display inside the Presbyterian Tartan Hall along with church, school and antique exhibits located at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church.


The Triumphant Quartet, one of Southern Gospel’s most acclaimed groups, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each.

When Clayton Inman, David Sutton, Scotty Inman, and Eric Bennett began performing together in 2002 at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., they called themselves Integrity Quartet. In 2004, they changed their name to Triumphant Quartet.


Line dancing, face painting by Mary Bennett, Uptown Gallery Art Show and The Lisa Price Band at Pickin’ on the Square drew big crowds over the weekend in downtown Franklin.

Photos by Betsey Gooder




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